DNA testing reveals that Cabernet Sauvignon is descended from Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Although the names may sound alike, cabernet Sauvignon is much heartier than it's distant cousins. Many etymologists believe that Cabernet relates to the Biturica grape that the Roman poet Pliny recorded in the year 71 A.D. as being planted in Bordeaux because of its hardiness.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a brash, vigorous vine that grows easily in a variety of different soils. It is a hearty grape, surviving cold winters, insects and rain damage making it perfect for the backyard vineyard.